Wine Reviews

4767147670USIntoxicating aromas of purple flowers, blackberry pie, cola, gingerbread and slate greet the nose with lush beauty on this bottling. The palate shows juniper and pine-forest flavors. These are laid across black cherry, blackberry and smoked-pork warmth, further enlivened by marjoram, green peppercorns and Indian spice.La Encantada Vineyard91CaliforniaSta. Rita HillsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannInception 2012 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)Pinot NoirInception
4767247671USZinfandel from old vines is rarely this light and refreshing, yet still exuberant in fruit. A mix of tart cherry and just-ripe blackberry comes with a lingering edge of citrus around the cinnamon and black pepper spice. Funky earth ripples through the middle, before a subtle take on leather finishes things out.Mancini Ranch9130CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJoseph Swan Vineyards 2011 Mancini Ranch Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)ZinfandelJoseph Swan Vineyards
4767347672USA mild undertone of funky earth and rustic leather provides intrigue and individuality to this release, one of the larger offerings by the winery. Cherry, pomegranate and cranberry all make appearances on a palate that is lush and expansively fruity, finishing in memorable minerality.Cuvée de Trois9135CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneJoseph Swan Vineyards 2012 Cuvée de Trois Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirJoseph Swan Vineyards
4767447673FranceFrom vines not far from Mont Sainte-Victoire, this fruity wine is full on the palate. A touch of spice accompanies the ripe strawberry flavors. It's rich with a soft aftertaste and light acidity.L'Ange et Luce8916ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jacourette 2015 L'Ange et Luce Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséDomaine Jacourette
4767547674USThe vanilla, coffee, red apple and hay aromas are initially quite light and not fully in sync. The red fruit flavors are rich and full, pulling no punches.8932WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportDumas Station 2013 Merlot (Walla Walla Valley (WA))MerlotDumas Station
4767647675USA rich, ripe and concentrated wine that's approachable and likable, its highlights include baked raspberry and blackberry atop depths of cinnamon and mocha. This is a nice wine that will appeal to many.8920CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneFolie à Deux 2013 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)ZinfandelFolie à Deux
4767747676SpainRooty aromas of raisin and stewed plum are a touch hot as this tips the scale at 15.5%. High in acidity and low in body fat, the palate is linear. Short berry and root beer flavors are mature. Hollow on the finish. Drink through 2019.Gran Clos de J.M. Fuentes8965CataloniaPrioratMichael Schachner@wineschachFuentes 2007 Gran Clos de J.M. Fuentes Red (Priorat)Red BlendFuentes
4767847677USThis affordable offering from a prime site within the appellation introduces itself with burly, smoky undertones and a thick skin, remaining grippy and smoky in black fruit throughout. Full bodied, it shows the warmth of the vintage and ripeness of valley floor grapes.Money Road Cuvée8924CaliforniaOakvilleNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneGibbs 2012 Money Road Cuvée Merlot (Oakville)MerlotGibbs
4767947678ArgentinaAromas of stalky berries are bold but a touch murky and gritty. This blend spent more than two years in oak, so it tastes chocolaty and rooty, with blackberry notes. A ripe, stewy finish runs short and toasty, with a raisiny aftertaste.Arrogante89Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachVicentin NV Arrogante Red (Mendoza)Red BlendVicentin
4768047679ItalySubdued aromas of oak and citrus zest slowly take shape in the glass. The linear, svelte palate offers oak driven spice, lemon zest and yellow apple skin framed in racy acidity. A hint of toasted nut closes the finish.8926Northeastern ItalyCollioKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVilla Russiz 2014 Friulano (Collio)FriulanoVilla Russiz
4768147680ItalyAlluring aromas of jasmine and wild flower lead the nose. The fresh palate offers mature apple, white peach and a citrusy note alongside bright acidity. A touch of white almond note fills in the finish.Masseria dei Carmelitani8923PiedmontGaviKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeVite Colte 2015 Masseria dei Carmelitani (Gavi)CorteseVite Colte
4768247681USThis 100% varietal wine offers aromas of coffee, mixed berries, spice, pencil eraser and herbs. The tart fruit flavors are generous and full, leading to cranberry flavors that carry on the finish. The oak seems primary but it still brings enjoyment.Estate8929WashingtonWalla Walla Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportWoodward Canyon 2013 Estate Barbera (Walla Walla Valley (WA))BarberaWoodward Canyon
4768347682USFrom the cool-climate Beckstoffer Lake Carneros vineyard site, this wine opens in a thickness of blue and red berries, the tannins soft and integrated yet weighted by a puckering persistence to the palate. Dried herb and cedar round out the highly full-bodied, ripe finish.Little Sister Reserve8947CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneWorld's End 2013 Little Sister Reserve Merlot (Napa Valley)MerlotWorld's End
4768447683AustriaThe nose promises creamy freshness with the telltale passion fruit notes of Sauvignon Blanc wrapped in a rounded, sunny palate which restrains aromas but delivers lime-zest refreshment and a very clean, satisfying finish.8913BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoZantho 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Burgenland)Sauvignon BlancZantho
4768547684AustriaVery ripe, juicy green pears are the chief notion on nose and palate. The body is light but boosted by alcoholic heat, there is a lovely seam of freshness and a very clean-cut finish.Großer Satz8917KremstalAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoMüller-Grossmann 2015 Großer Satz Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal)Grüner VeltlinerMüller-Grossmann
4768647685USHerb, black currant, blackberry and vanilla aromas followed by sweet plump dark cherry and coffee flavors with a squeeze of tannins. It provides a lot of immediate appeal.8925WashingtonWashingtonWashington OtherSean P. Sullivan@wawinereportNelms Road 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington)Cabernet SauvignonNelms Road
4768747686AustriaThe merest hint of ripe stone fruit presents itself on the nose. The palate has the same clean stone-fruited charm, reminiscent of freshly harvested yellow plums. The unoaked palate is balanced and has a pleasant, plump weight, leavened by natural freshness and verve. A lighter style of Chardonnay with great charm and lingering freshness.8919CarnuntumAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNetzl 2015 Chardonnay (Carnuntum)ChardonnayNetzl
4768847687USDried black cherry and a streak of cola mark a wine with decent concentration and full-bodied richness that gets better in the glass as it goes. The finish is persistent and balanced in a ripeness of fruit with freshness.Dry Farmed Estate8975CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneNicholson Ranch 2012 Dry Farmed Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirNicholson Ranch
4768947688ItalyDelicate aromas of white stone fruit, ripe pear and white flower lead the nose while the bright palate offers crisp green apple, juicy white peach and a hint of bitter almond. Fresh acidity lifts the finish.Il Lugana8920LombardyLuganaKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePasini San Giovanni 2015 Il Lugana (Lugana)TurbianaPasini San Giovanni
4769047689ItalySpanish broom and beeswax scents float out of the glass. The round, juicy palate doles out mature yellow apple, tangerine zest and a hint of honey while a note of marzipan backs up the finish. Bright acidity lifts the creamy flavors.San Paolo Riserva8930Central ItalyVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ClassicoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefePievalta 2012 San Paolo Riserva (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico)VerdicchioPievalta
4769147690USThis blends 61% Sauvignon Blanc, 36% Sémillon and 3% Chardonnay, opening in strong currents of honey caramel and dried apricot, with a back note of raisin. Voluptuous and nutty, it drinks big in style and personality, delivering plenty of defined flavor.Small Lot Collection White8932CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRaymond 2014 Small Lot Collection White Meritage (Napa Valley)MeritageRaymond
4769247691USBaked black plums, nutmeg, gingerbread spice, cinnamon and concentrated hibiscus show on the nose of this impressive countywide blend. The palate centers on forest floor elements of juniper and eucalyptus as well as tart cranberry fruit and a touch of smoke. Would wash down a variety of foods well.8925CaliforniaSanta Barbara CountyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSummerland 2014 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)Pinot NoirSummerland
4769347692AustriaSlight spritz enhances the green, crunchy apples of this fresh, friendly blend of Neubuger and Grüner Veltliner. Grüner's earthiness and Neuburger's nuttiness shine through but the overall tone is one of lightness and joy.Blanc8919BurgenlandAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoTinhof 2015 Blanc White (Burgenland)White BlendTinhof
4769447693ItalyRipe wild berry, dark spice and a whiff of leather unfold in the glass while the solid palate offers up stewed prune, vanilla and roasted coffee bean. Chewy tannins provide the framework. Drink through 2017.Solos8959Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCaldaro 2011 Solos Lagrein (Alto Adige)LagreinCaldaro
4769547694ItalySoftly textured but also structured, this offers scents of pressed violet, dark-skinned fruit and a whiff of menthol. The ripe palate delivers cassis, plum and dark spice alongside chewy tannins. Drink through 2018.Riserva8925Northeastern ItalyAlto AdigeKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano 2012 Riserva Lagrein (Alto Adige)LagreinCantina Produttori San Michele Appiano
4769647695ItalyMade with 60% Grechetto and Procanico, 35% Sauvignon and 5% Sémillon, this offers heady aromas of dried peach and sweet almond. On the enveloping palate, notes of acacia honey and orange peel add depth to dried apricot.Pourriture Noble8940Central ItalyOrvieto Classico SuperioreKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeDecugnano dei Barbi 2013 Pourriture Noble (Orvieto Classico Superiore)White BlendDecugnano dei Barbi
4769747696ItalyAromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, fig, resin, leather and exotic spice lead the nose on this just-released ten-year-old. The full-bodied palate offers dried cherry, raisin, licorice, ground pepper and truffle while polished tannins provide support. It has already hit the start of its ideal drinking window so enjoy sooner rather than later to capture the remaining fruit.Serre 10 Anni89292PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeGianni Gagliardo 2005 Serre 10 Anni (Barolo)NebbioloGianni Gagliardo
4769847697ItalyBright and refreshing, this opens with scents of honeysuckle, jasmine, pear and yellow stone fruit. The round but lively palate offers peach, green apple and a hint of white almond. Fresh acidity lifts the rich flavors.Blangè8925PiedmontLangheKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeCeretto 2015 Blangè Arneis (Langhe)ArneisCeretto
4769947698FranceThe color of this wine is romantic, as is the psychedelic label. A classic blend, it's made at Château Sainte Roseline from purchased grapes. The fruit is light, red cherry and citrus flavored, packed with acidity at the end.Love by Roseline8918ProvenceCôtes de ProvenceRoger Voss@vossrogerChâteau Sainte Roseline 2015 Love by Roseline Rosé (Côtes de Provence)RoséChâteau Sainte Roseline
4770047699FranceRich, lightly colored and full of acidity, this wine is rich in texture and flavor for a Provence rosé. Plenty of ripe strawberry and citrus flavors are lifted by spice and generous acidity. The wine is ready to drink, although it will be better from late 2016.8930ProvenceBandolRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine de la Bégude 2015 Rosé (Bandol)RoséDomaine de la Bégude

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